Armenian PM wins snap election as rival alleges fraud

Nikol Pashinyan’s party gained over 50% of the vote but the opposition contested the result, alleging fraud

Jun 21, 2021

The party of Armenia’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has won 53.9% of the vote in snap parliamentary polls called in an effort to defuse a political crisis after a war with Azerbaijan, official results show.

An alliance led by his rival, ex-leader Robert Kocharyan, came second with 21%, according to the results based on ballots from 100%t of precincts counted.

A winning party or bloc needs to obtain at least 50% of seats plus one and can be assigned additional seats in order to form a government.

Pashinyan hours earlier claimed victory based on early results, but Kocharyan’s grouping swiftly contested the vote and alleged election fraud.

A record four electoral blocs and 21 parties ran for election on Sunday.

The vote has been seen as a two-horse race, with both Pashinyan, 46, and Kocharyan, 66, drawing massive crowds in the run-up to the polls.

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